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Hi There,
I've been accepted to Australia on a work-holiday visa and am heading to Sydney in July (I have family in the area). My boyfriend would like to accompany me. He is 33 and therefore not eligible for a holiday work visa. He's a chef by trade and is skilled and has a culinary degree. Currently we're deciding if our trip down under will be 3 mos, 6 mos, or a year depending on if he can work or not.

I've done a lot of research on visas and have a few questions:
-If he receives a tourist visa, are there any websites where we can look for work in exchange for housing? For example, since he is a chef, maybe a bed & breakfast? (We are open to staying in sydney for 3 mos. but then relocating to other parts of Australia)

-If he gets a state sponsored working visa, he is still required to pay the visa fee, correct? Currently it is $2400? The advantage is less skills points for passing?

-Are there any other short term working visas that he may apply for besides the independent or employer sponsored skilled visa? The independent visa is also a bit expensive at $2400 although I think he would pass the points test.

-Is there anyway to find an employer that would sponsor a chef from overseas?

-Any other recommendations/advice/websites you can offer would be helpful.
Thanks,
Tania
 

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Hi There,
I've been accepted to Australia on a work-holiday visa and am heading to Sydney in July (I have family in the area). My boyfriend would like to accompany me. He is 33 and therefore not eligible for a holiday work visa. He's a chef by trade and is skilled and has a culinary degree. Currently we're deciding if our trip down under will be 3 mos, 6 mos, or a year depending on if he can work or not.

I've done a lot of research on visas and have a few questions:
-If he receives a tourist visa, are there any websites where we can look for work in exchange for housing? For example, since he is a chef, maybe a bed & breakfast? (We are open to staying in sydney for 3 mos. but then relocating to other parts of Australia)

-If he gets a state sponsored working visa, he is still required to pay the visa fee, correct? Currently it is $2400? The advantage is less skills points for passing?

-Are there any other short term working visas that he may apply for besides the independent or employer sponsored skilled visa? The independent visa is also a bit expensive at $2400 although I think he would pass the points test.

-Is there anyway to find an employer that would sponsor a chef from overseas?

-Any other recommendations/advice/websites you can offer would be helpful.
Thanks,
Tania
Hi Tania and welcome to the forum,

There are sites like WWOOF Australia and Help Exchange work for accommodation and food in Australia New Zealand Canada Europe not wwoof but they are more orientated towards people helping on farms etc. in return for meals & accommodation and that is allowed on the basis of work being done that would not otherwise have a person employed.
wwoof have a bulletin board which is really only a slice of the action in that it is a listing of hosts that were not able to get their entry into latest annual hosts book people get on registering for a smallish fee.

I'd be surprised whether there'll be too many B&Bs in that type of situation but no harm in searching.

What you're looking at for $2525 I think it is at the moment is the application fee for a permanent residency fee whether it be by state sponsorship or not and they can be a year + or years in the processing, so probably not what you're looking for.
The alternate is an employer sponsorship and a much cheaper ~$240 for a temporary residency 457 application fee but that will also not necessarily suit him/you for it is a visa reliant on work being maintained with the sponsoring employer or another sponsoring employer and I suppose if he got a sponsor initially, he could then look for another in the next location you were thinking of, but really somewhat restrictive.

If you wanted to try that, he would probably want to get an ETA - Visa Options - Tourists - Visitors - Visas & Immigration as tourist visas often have a No Further Stay condition imposed and that'll mean he cannot apply for another visa.

He could search sites like SEEK - Australia's no. 1 jobs, employment, career and recruitment site or Jobs, Job Search, Employment Information and Career Advice at careerone.com.au - find career advice, review employment news and search for jobs at careerone.com.au to see if he can find a sponsor from abroad but his best chance would probably be to be here though he had better not pack his knives and aprons etc. as that'd not be too impressive to immigration officers - the knives would show up in luggage Xray and then Customs on saying and what are you going to use these for on a visit?!!!!, could well get the immigration people who on suspicion of work intent could refuse entry.

We've got all the Immi info on the Visas& Immigration section for further querying.
 
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